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Sarajevo (1940)
"De Mayerling à Sarajevo" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  29 October 1940 (USA)
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In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwige Feuillère ...
La comtesse Sophie Chotek
John Lodge ...
L'archiduc François Ferdinand
Aimé Clariond ...
Le prince de Montenuovo (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Jean Worms ...
Jean Debucourt ...
Janatschek (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française) (as Debucourt)
Raymond Aimos ...
Le valet de François Ferdiand (avec) (as Aimos)
Gabrielle Dorziat ...
L'archiduchesse Marie-Thérèse (et)
Henri Bosc ...
L'ambassadeur de Serbie
Gaston Dubosc ...
Le comte Chotek
Marcel André ...
L'archiduc Frédéric
Eddy Debray
Jacques Roussel ...
(as Roussel)
Colette Régis ...
L'archiduchesse Isabelle
Sylvain Itkine ...
(as Itkine)
Jacqueline Marsan ...
Une jeune archiduchesse
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In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol. The Crown allows the union only after the couple agrees to a morganatic marriage. The emperor further neutralizes Franz by making him inspector general of the army, sending him afield for months at a time. In June of 1914, fearing for his safety, Sophie seeks permission to accompany Franz to Sarajevo; protocol dictates that no army troops attend Franz while she is present. An assassin strikes. Their deaths spark World War I. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Work on the film began in 1939 and was interrupted by the war. It was finished in the spring of 1940, only to be banned by the Germans. The first "official" premiere was 18 May 1945. See more »

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A Moving, Beautifully Filmed Treatment
26 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While highly romanticized, Ophul's treatment of the subject is not mistaken. He does make Archduke Franz Ferdinand more attractive than in life, in which he was usually gruff rather than charming. Yet his hopes for the Austro-Hungarian Empire were promising, as they appear in the film, and he did enjoy the support and friendship of German Kaiser Wilhelm II. While Emperor Franz Josef had a certain presence, and in his old age and after the tragedies of Mayerling and the assassination in 1898 of his erratic but lovely wife, Empress Elisabeth, became endeared to his subjects, he was none the less trapped in court etiquette. He had no ideas about improving and making his empire more viable, but simply persisted in old ways and habits. The film makes him somewhat more sympathetic to Franz Ferdinand than he likely was. Franz Ferdinand adored the Countess Chotek and his family, and was understandably distressed at his treatment by the Emperor and Court. Sadly the last scene seems hasty and the car not the same as seen in the photos from Sarajevo in 1914.


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